Running back Devonta Freeman, a fourth-round draft pick out of Florida State, was back at practice after missing last week to attend a mandatory rookie symposium in California. Mike Smith on Freeman: “He’s doing a nice job. He’s got great vision, he’s got great stop-and-start ability. The big thing that he needs to work on is the ability to work in pass protection because we ask our backs to do a lot.”
Pass protection is key for rookie running backs. The faster Freeman can catch on the better off he'll be. We're expecting Freeman to learn behind Steven Jackson for at least one season.